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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Marriam Michael <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 02:32:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: hope this email finds you in good health

hi friend,

hope this email finds you in good health,  I come across your name and
profile in independent web site as I Have interest In you  i deem it
very  necessary to get in touch with you for a long-lasting relationship.
beside My name is Mariam Michael 23 years old female, has decent hobbies
like reading and swimming and i desires to make long-lasting friendship
with you. Do u think age, colour or distance  is any bar to make such
friendly relationship with you? If not, then stretch your hand to me and
accept mine. If you feel like we will be friends fine,then u mail me
back at so that I will forward u my photos and Introduce myself to you
more, So from there we will get to know each other very well .just bear
in mind that there is only one happiness in life,to love and be loved. I
will always remain yours in love. with big Kisses And Hugs! From

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